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NEW DIRECTION: Chadwicks Group appoints Gary Murray as category director

CHADWICKS Group, the market leader in the builder’s merchanting industry in Ireland, is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Murray as Category Director and member of its Senior Leadership Team.

Gary brings 18 years of extensive experience in commercial buying and construction roles across Ireland, the UK, Germany, and the US. His background includes significant achievements in the built environment and FMCG retail sectors, with a proven track record in construction and global procurement.

As Category Director for Chadwicks Group, Gary will spearhead the development and implementation of strategic procurement initiatives, ensuring they align with the organisation’s goals and prioritise sustainability and innovation.

He will be responsible for developing and executing product buying strategies that optimise cost efficiency and ensure top-quality products are sourced for Chadwicks Group customers.

Leading a team of category managers, Gary will continue to strengthen supplier relationships and drive consistent improvement initiatives to enhance buying processes, all while maintaining a strong focus on meeting customer needs.

Speaking on the appointment, Patrick Atkinson, CEO, Chadwicks Group, commented: “We are excited to announce Gary’s appointment as Category Director in Chadwicks Group during this period of ambitious growth. His extensive knowledge and innovative approach will be instrumental in achieving our mission to deliver a best-in-class customer experience and adapt to the evolving needs of the construction industry.

EXCITING TIME: Gary Murray is thrilled to join Chadwicks Group

Gary’s appointment is a crucial step in our commitment to building a strong, experienced team dedicated to providing consistent, high-quality service, exceptional product selection, and value across all branches. His strategic expertise will drive our sustainable procurement practices, optimise our supply chain, and ensure we continue to offer top-quality products to our customers.”

Gary’s career began in his family’s Irish home-building business before transitioning to Lidl as a graduate, where he spent a decade in property construction and procurement.

He advanced to the position of Property and Construction Director for Lidl in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. His career further expanded into category management and global sourcing, across 30 countries.

Most recently, Gary served as Trading Director for Ocado in the UK, the world’s largest online food retailer, and as Global Procurement Lead for Circle K, managing procurement across the US, Canada, and Europe.

His dual passions for construction and procurement align perfectly with the strategic objectives of Chadwicks Group.

Speaking on his appointment, Gary Murray, Category Director at Chadwicks Group, said:“I am thrilled to join Chadwicks Group at such an exciting time. I look forward to leveraging my experience in construction and procurement to enhance our product offerings and further strengthen our supplier relationships. My goal is to ensure we deliver the highest quality products while prioritising sustainability and meeting the evolving needs of our customers. Together with the talented team at Chadwicks Group, I am confident we can continue to lead the industry.”

Gary has a degree in Business Management, is a chartered surveyor and currently preparing for a CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Professional Accountancy qualification in 2025.

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